How did Charles Dickens in his novel ‘Dombey and Son’

Dickens had depicted the process of construction in the following manner:
19th century London was a city of clerks and shopkeepers, of small masters and skilled artisans, of soldiers and servants, of casual labourers, street sellers and beggars.
“Houses were knocked down; streets broken through and stopped; deep pits and trenches dug in the ground; enormous heaps of earth and clay thrown up, there were a hundred thousand shapes and substances of incompleteness, wildly mingled out their plans, upside down, burrowing in the earth…”